Dubai Dentists

Laser Dentistry

An Introduction to some of the Latest Dental Techniques

The knowledge base and skills of dental professionals vary; some pursue more training than others, expanding their services along the way. Widening the gap, many professionals integrate the latest technologies into their practices. I.V. sedation and laser dentistry allow them to offer advanced procedures to their patients with the confidence of being able to perform the work with improved precision.

Below, I'll explain why increasing numbers of dentists are beginning to use lasers during treatment. We'll uncover some of the inherent disadvantages of the technology, including a few that might give you pause. I'll also describe some of the procedures that a laser dentist can perform to help improve your smile.

Benefits Of The Technology

Conventional dental techniques suffer from a number of downsides. Depending upon the type of work involved, stitches might be required, damage to the tissue may take longer to heal, and infections can spread due to insufficient sterilization. A laser dentist can perform most procedures without needing to apply stitches. Plus, the intense light that is used helps the blood clot, reducing the level of bleeding and swelling in the affected area.

Because the light is so intense and focused, it offers improved sterilization that lessens the potential for infection. Also important, dental professionals can perform work quickly with more precision than traditional methods allow.

Potential Drawbacks And Limitations

Often, patients won't need anesthesia when they're under the care of a laser dentist. The light beam is so precise that damage to the tissue - and discomfort during the procedure - is negligible. That said, the technology doesn't always preclude the use of anesthesia; some procedures require deeper cutting, resulting in more tissue damage and discomfort.

Cost is another disadvantage of this type of treatment. A dental professional may spend over $30,000 for the necessary equipment; by contrast, a traditional drill typically costs less than $1,000. The higher cost of the equipment understandably raises the price of the treatment. Keep in mind that in many cases, dental insurance may not cover the work.

Finally, the technology cannot be used to perform some types of procedures. For example, preparing for bridges, filling a cavity between two teeth, and removing a flawed crown can often present a challenge.

Hard And Soft Tissue Treatments

Your laser dentist can apply a hard tissue light beam to prepare your teeth for fillings. The intense light is usually more effective for destroying any bacteria within the cavity. Hard tissue beams can also be used to eliminate sensitivity in patients' teeth.

There are also a number of soft tissue procedures that are well suited for this technology. For example, the high-intensity light can be used to shape the gum tissue in order to lengthen the crown. Patients who have an abundance of gum tissue may want more of their tooth structure exposed to improve their smile.

A laser dentist can also use the light beam to interact with, or trigger, the peroxide solution used in teeth whitening procedures performed in-office. Though the whitening process usually takes less than an hour, it can potentially require multiple visits. The light can accelerate the effect of the peroxide.

Finding An Experienced Dental Professional

Not all dental professionals offer the technology. But, that's changing. The breadth of procedures that can be performed more quickly with greater precision continues to expand. Meanwhile, the advantages - including less tissue damage, minimal bleeding, and faster healing - are making a trip to the dental office less intimidating. As a result, those people who are coping with problems with their teeth are more likely to have necessary work performed.

Ask your dentist whether he offers the service. If he does, it can open the door to a number of services that can improve your smile.

Christine O'Kelly is a writer for http://www.smileinthecity.com, an NYC laser dentistry group that offers smile makeovers, dental implants, root canals, and other procedures.


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